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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans may have won back the Senate, but it remains unlikely that they'll be able to reign in the "tremendous avalanche" of asbestos litigation raining down on American companies, asbestos defendants' attorney Richard Faulk said, speaking before a Federalist Society convention in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.It still takes 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, a threshold that neither trial lawyers nor defendants' attorneys believe tort reformers can achieve in a Senate closely divided by party and dominated by political liberal and moderates.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Both major political parties are citing issue and tactical advantages that will produce Election Day victories in enough Senate races to win control of the chamber, which Democrats now enjoy by a one-vote majority.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal interest groups are trying to torpedo a plan to add health savings accounts to Medicare drug legislation as a House-Senate conference committee starts negotiations this week.Under the plan already passed by the House, workers and employers would be able to save money in expanded Medical Savings Accounts (renamed "Health Savings Accounts") and new "Health Savings Security Accounts" (HSSAs).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With only four years of political experience under his belt, N.C. Democratic Sen. John Edwards is hoping to win the presidency in 2004. The former trial lawyer formally announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 2, inviting heightened scrutiny of his qualifications and chances for success against a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ignored by the Democratic political establishment, perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, Jr. has raised nearly $5 million for a 2004 White House bid, more money than four major candidates whom the Democratic National Committee acknowledges and invites to its events.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush wants $53.1 billion in federal taxes to spend on public education for fiscal year 2004 as part of the record $2.2 trillion budget he sent to Congress on Monday. Democrats are accusing the president of not spending enough.For education, the proposed spending represents an increase of $2.8 billion (or 5.6 percent) over his 2003 spending plan.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Does California's Republican Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger pose a danger to Democrats at the national level? Some political analysts think so. While the state remains a largely Democratic state that President Bush would likely have trouble winning in 2004, the analysts said Schwarzenegger should be viewed as a force to be reckoned with.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The steel tariffs imposed by the Bush administration one year ago are a roaring success and ought to be kept in place for a full three years, according to steel industry officials. But steel consumers say other industries have suffered big job losses as a result of the protectionist tariffs.Tuesday, Robert S. "Steve" Miller, chairman and CEO of Bethlehem Steel Corporation of Bethlehem, Pa., declared that: "The president's plan is working." Miller is also the director of the American Iron and Steel Institute.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday railed against pork projects loaded onto the Senate version of the president's supplemental war budget that was assembled and passed by the chamber's appropriations committee."Why can't we, for once, bring forward a bill - especially when we are at war, especially when we have young men and women fighting and dying - that is free of these unnecessary provisions and wasteful earmarks that result in outrageous kinds of spending?" McCain implored his colleagues.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president's party typically loses seats in Congress in mid-term elections, but Republicans and some political analysts are predicting that the GOP will actually gain seats this year, at least in the House."Why are we even talking about Republican gains?" asked Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC), speaking at a National Press Club luncheon.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the Democratic front is mostly calm in New Hampshire's Sept. 10 primaries, it's Republicans who are battling it out for their party's nomination in the state's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.Two-term Republican Sen. Bob Smith faces a career-threatening challenge from U.S. Rep. John Sununu, while three would-be Republican governors vie for the endorsement of the GOP rank-and-file.Sununu leads Smith, 56 to 34 percent, according to a University of New Hampshire (UNH) poll of likely primary voters conducted Aug. 29 through Sept. 3.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Fixes DeLay's title. (CNSNews.com) - With an eye on the economy and looming budget deficits, House Republicans today are launching what could prove to be a controversial effort to trim waste, fraud and abuse from government programs.With the support of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa) has asked House committees to come up with a one-percent cut in social programs such as Medicare, Social Security and welfare.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Having lost by a whisker in the 2000 presidential race, Democrat Al Gore is sending clear signals that if he runs again, he will pursue a more liberal agenda. "He has to thrill their hearts," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said, referring to a strategy in which Gore might need to embrace liberal ideas he avoided in 2000 in order to win his party's nomination again.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The closely watched Texas Senate race to succeed retiring Republican Phil Gramm hinges on minority voter turnout on Election Day and the Republican candidate's closeness to President Bush, the two candidates believe.Winning the Texas seat has become more important to Democrats in maintaining their one vote majority, especially since ethics scandals forced New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli to drop out of his race this week. Polls have shown the Texas race close, with neither candidate consistently in the lead.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the latest round of Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) assault on pork barrel spending, he's going after earmarks - small ticket special interest projects that lawmakers attach to mega-buck appropriations bills.McCain's plan would change Senate rules to prevent a member of the Senate from attaching unauthorized or non-germane legislation in any general appropriation bill. The measure would also make it easier to strike pork projects from appropriations bills.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's economic stimulus plan, to be unveiled Tuesday, already has economic analysts sparring over the centerpiece of the plan, a tax break for investors who earn income from corporate dividend payments.The Bush administration believes that eliminating or reducing the double taxation of dividend income (by lowering rates or allowing individuals to exclude some dividend earnings from taxable income) would spur investment without severely depriving federal coffers of tax revenue.